Syracuse Orange football’s Jaquwan Nelson and Devon Clarke have been arrested, according to the Syracuse Police Department.
Nelson has been charged with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny. Clarke has been charged with second-degree burglary and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
Both players have been released, though we’ll see what happens next with regard to the South Campus robbery.
Clarke and Nelson are both rising redshirt freshmen who did not see the field for the Orange in 2016. Our very early look at the 2017 depth chart listed Nelson as a potential starting defensive end. Clarke is likely to be a reserve defensive back.
This is far from the first South Campus incident for Orange football over the past decade -- we could dedicate a whole post to those alone. However, this is the first case of Dino Babers’s Syracuse players stepping outside the law. It’ll be interesting to see how he deals with this incident internally and externally. Both Nelson and Clarke were Babers recruits for the class of 2016.
Both players have been suspended from all football activities.
Syracuse DE Jaquwan Nelson & S Devon Clarke have been suspended from all team activities due to a violation of team rules by HC Dino Babers— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) February 13, 2017